By Alex Balimwikungu
Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol have continued to lose YouTube subscribers since threatening to take legal action against Azimio la Umoja (One Kenya Coalition party) over claims of using their song without permission.
On Monday, May 16, 2022 Sauti Sol threatened to sue Azimio for using their song Extravaganza during an event that saw the alliance unveil Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s running mate.
The group pointed out that the act of Azimio using their tune without consent is blatant copyright infringement as directed by Section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya.
Latest on the grapevine is that the hit makers have lost over 2,000 people who unsubscribed from their YouTube channel since they went public with intentions to sue on Monday, May 16.
Their channel is the fourth most subscribed to in Kenya.
On Monday, May 16, they had garnered a total of 905K subscribers since joining the streaming platform on April 9, 2012.
By Wednesday, May 18, they were down to 903k subscribers.
However, Odinga through his party – the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) – argued that playing the song was a show of love to the music group.
“We would like to assure our celebrated musical team @sautisol that we love them and appreciate their music so much. The group has carried our country’s flag so high in international fora and every Kenyan appreciates this. Playing their song yesterday was a show of love for their work,” reads the statement from ODM Party.